Sporting two separate footswitchable analog delays, each with its
own set of Time, Feedback, and Level controls, the ARDX20 Dual
Analog Delay ($265 retail/street price N/A) basically jams two of
Analog Man’s über-popular—and discontinued—AR20DL delays
into one box. That’s not the whole story, however, as the ARDX20,
which contains 600ms of maximum delay time, also sports an effects
loop that is activated when the delay is kicked on and only effects
the delayed sound. This is a super-cool feature, as it’s the perfect
place in the signal chain for modulation effects, or even a volume
pedal. Another reason for control freaks to rejoice is the addition
of an expression-pedal jack, which can be used to control the delay
time on one of the pedal’s channels. Super hip for sure, but upgrades
don’t mean squat if the delays don’t sound good, right? Never fear,
because the ARDX20 offers killer sounding analog delays for days.
I set one side for a short, natural-sounding slapback, and the other
for a long, swirling repeat, and bathed in the glory that only warm
analog delay trails can give you. Red and Orange LEDs tell you
which channel is active, while two LEDs near the footswitch flash
the delay time. The beauty of the ARDX20 is that even without the
fancy new additions, it’s a stunning dual-channel delay pedal. Well
worthy of an Editors’ Pick Award.
KUDOS An amazing sounding delay with awesome real-time
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